August 2017 E-Newsletter

Dear neighbours,

Over the past month, our community has been buzzing with numerous events and celebrations, including my annual Ward 18 Movie Nights, a new mural unveiling and the FIGMENT interactive art festival in Dufferin Grove Park. It has been great to see so many of you out and participating in the passion and vibrancy on display that makes Ward 18 a great place.

Thank you to those of you who stopped by and visited me at the BIG on Bloor, Bloorcourt, and Hurly Burly festivals. And a special thank you to all the volunteers and organizers who work so hard to make all of our community's events and celebrations so successful!

I am pleased to share with you an update in this e-newsletter on extending the West Toronto Railpath and that Bike Share Toronto is being further expanded in our Ward.

This month, I also joined with Mayor John Tory and Ontario's new Minister of Housing Peter Milczyn to welcome the Province of Ontario's announcement of $300 million in funding for Toronto Community Housing (TCH) capital repairs. This new funding is an important down payment towards the provincial portion of TCH's $2.6 billion capital plan and builds on the over $1 billion investment in TCH repairs the City has carried out since 2013. I look forward to continuing to work with Minister Milczyn to secure further funding for repairs and with also with our Federal Government partners on the development of the National Housing Strategy.

Finally, as we approach the Labour Day long weekend, many parents and students across Ward 18 are busily preparing to put their best foot forward to start the new school year. With the increase in children and traffic around our schools, I would like to remind all road users to take caution and help to create a safe environment around our community. I wish all our students and parents a safe, successful and enriching learning experience for this upcoming school year.

Have a great long weekend!

Ana Bailão
City Councillor
Ward 18, Davenport

Local Updates

West Toronto Railpath Extension Update July 2017

I am pleased to share with you the latest West Toronto Railpath Extension Update. You can access it by clicking here

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I have also been working hard to advocate for the creation of an inter-connected series of trails and parks in Davenport to provide more cycling and recreational opportunities for more residents.

That is why the proposed multi-use trail as part of the Metrolinx Davenport Diamond project must extend south from Bloor to Dundas to connect to the West Toronto Railpath. It must also connect north to the Green Line and Earlscourt Park.

There is more work to be done, but by working and advocating together, we can achieve this vision and so much more for our community.

Future Railpath Extension updates will be posted at: http://www.toronto.ca/westrailpath.

Bike Share Toronto Expands in Ward 18!

I am proud to share that the City of Toronto and Government Of Canada earlier this month announced a joint $4 million dollar investment to expand Toronto's Bike Share System with 70 new stations across Toronto, including 3 new stations in Ward 18! The Government of Canada and the City of Toronto each contributed $1.25 million towards 50 stations, and the City contributed an additional $1.5 million to exclusively fund another 20 stations for the Bike Share Toronto system.

In 2016, we welcomed Bike Share Toronto to Ward 18 with 13 stations across our community and this expansion builds on the continued efforts of our community to support a connected and multi-modal transportation network. Designed to support and enhance Toronto's public transit and transportation network, the new Bike Share locations will be in close proximity to TTC subway stations and stops. Click the image below for a closer look at the expansion locations.

Expanding cycling access and facilities in Ward 18 is an important part of promoting active transportation, attracting new visitors to support our local businesses and is vital to developing a sustainable transportation system. Incorporating cycling into our daily commutes means less congestion on our streets and helps to support positive health and environmental outcomes.

These 70 new Bike Share Toronto stations installed across the city brings the total number of stations in Toronto to 270 with 2,750 bikes and 4,700 docks. Bike Share Toronto, operated by the Toronto Parking Authority, now has almost 9,500 active members and served up 1,191,746 rides over the last 12 months. Riders have travelled a total of 16,847,127 kms since 2011, offsetting 3,200,954 kg of Co2 emissions.

I look forward to working with residents as we continue to expand Bike Share Toronto in Ward 18 and across our city!

For more information on Bike Share Toronto, including a map of the new bike station locations, visit http://bikesharetoronto.com

College Streetscaping Improvements Project Update  

I am happy to share that College Street Streetscaping Improvements on the south side of College St is expected to be completed ahead of schedule after the City of Toronto and a new contractor re-started the streetscaping improvements work on College Street between Shaw St and Havelock St in June. The project includes replacing the existing curb and sidewalks with decorative pavers on College St. between Shaw St. and Havelock St; TTC accessibility improvements; new side-street parkettes; light fixtures; additional trees; plantings; bike rings; and public art.

Work will now begin moving to the north side of College St to complete the remaining work on the parkettes, blue rooms and to address any deficiencies with the work which was done in 2016. Unlike the work done in 2016, the work being undertaken on College Street this year has been staged into blocks to allow for on-street parking in areas where work is not taking place and to minimize disruptions to residents and businesses. Pedestrian access to businesses and residences will remain open at all times, with some adjustments around work areas. College St is limited to one lane in work areas and the TTC streetcar service is being replaced with bus services between Bathurst Street to Dundas Street West. The project is expected to wrap up in October with work areas restored and streetcar service resuming. 

You can view the construction update notice by clicking here. You can also view an FAQ sheet with more detailed information by clicking here

Metrolinx Issues Notice of Completion for the Barrie Rail Corridor Expansion TPAP

Metrolinx has issued its notice of completion as part of the the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) for its Barrie Rail Corridor Expansion. The project is now being reviewed by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change for consideration and the public is invited submit comments and feedback into the review process. The final date to submit your written comments to the Ministry is September 7, 2017. Comments can be submitted to the Ministry via email at EAABGen@ontario.ca.

To view the complete notice, please click here.

Dufferin St Watermain Renewal Work Moving North of Bloor

The City of Toronto and its Consultant, WSP | MMM Group, have contracted FER-PAL Infrastructure to structurally reline the watermain using a process called cured-in-place piping (CIPP). CIPP is a trenchless construction method which uses several small access pits to clean and line the watermain. Through this process the amount of excavation is limited, helping to lead to less disruption to the community.

Phase 1 of this work which took place between Fisher Street to Bloor Street West is expected to soon be completed, with work areas restored in the coming weeks. As this work is completed, crews will begin to mobilize and commence work on the Phase 2 portion between Bloor Street West and Geary Ave. You can view the most recent construction update notice with more details by clicking here.

Should you have any questions regarding this project please feel free to contact the Program’s Field Ambassador at 647-923-3430 or TorontoWMrehab@mmm.ca . If you have any questions for FER-PAL Infrastructure, please feel free to contact Geoff Britnell at 416-742-3713 ex 236. 

The McCormick Playground Arena Board Needs You!

Are you passionate about recreation and community engagement? The City of Toronto is seeking local residents to fill three current vacancies on the McCormick Playground Arena Board.

Arena board members support full and equitable access to the arena facilities, provide oversight of arena programs and finances, and help to represent the community and all arena users. A background in such areas as community development, financial management, sports facility operation, event planning, amateur and children's sports, the non-profit sector, law, or marketing is an asset. Arena boards typically meet once a month in the evenings at the arena. Board members must be residents of Toronto and at least 18 years of age. Bring your skills and experience to the table to support your arena and make a difference in your community!

For more information and to apply online, please visit  https://secure.toronto.ca/pa/decisionBody/62.do. All applications must be submitted online by September 15, 2017.  If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Public Appointments Secretariat at 416-397-0088 or appoint@toronto.ca.

What's on at the Bloor/Gladstone and Perth/Dupont Libraries?

Our Toronto Public Library locations are hubs of activity in our community. Find out what's happening at the Bloor Gladstone and Perth/Dupont libraries between September and December 2017 by clicking here.

You can also stay up-to-date with the latest library news and upcoming programs by signing up for the What’s On at the Library enewsletter: http://tpl.ca/enews

Events

Lisgar Park Market - Lisgar Park (60 Lisgar St) Saturdays from 10am to 3pm

The Lisgar Park Market is a space for people to engage and for farmers, food vendors and artisans to connect with the community. Visit facebook.com/lisgarparkmarket for more information.

Ward 18 Movie Night at Perth Square Park - Perth Square Park (250 Perth Ave) - Friday September 8, 2017 starting at 8pm

Join me for a movie under the stars with family and friends at Perth Square Park! We will be featuring "Despicable Me 3" and will be providing free popcorn, so just bring yourself, a blanket or lawn chairs and beverages.

SAVE THE DATE: Tree Plaque Unveiling in Memory of Holly Jones - Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club (180 Westmoreland Ave) - Friday September 15, 2017

Toronto Police 14 Division Community Day Open House - Toronto Police 14 Division Station (350 Dovercourt Rd) - Saturday September 16, 2017 11am to 2pm

Join the Toronto Police 14 Division and your neighbours for a community day open house. Tour the station, enjoy some food, and meet your neighbourhood police officers!

Westmoreland Avenue Giant Yard Sale/Block Party - Westmoreland Ave between Hallam St and Dupont St - Saturday September 16, 2017 from 11am to 4pm

Join your friends and neighbours on Westmoreland Ave for some great family fun and a streetwide yard sale with food, activities and raffle prizes!

Bloordale Little Free Library Community Fundraiser - Queen's Shop (1169 Bloor St W) - Saturday September 16, 2017 from 3pm to 6pm

The Bloordale BIA and Bloordale CIA are hosting a community fundraiser for a little free library for Susan Tibaldi parkette. You can find all the details by clicking here.

SAVE THE DATE: Cycle Toronto Community Workshop - Ciros Restaurant (1316 Bloor St W) - Monday September 18, 2017 at 7pm 

Join Cycle Toronto Ward 14 and Ward 18 Groups at Ciros Restaurant (1316 Bloor Street West) on Monday, September 18th at 7pm. Councillor Ana Bailao (Ward 18) and Mike Layton (Ward 19) will be providing opening remarks. Residents will have an opportunity to share ideas and feedback on how they envision the design of bike lanes further west. Refreshments will be served.

The Children's Storefront Apple Fete 2nd Annual Fundraiser - Irene Ave Parkette (1-9 Irene Ave) - Saturday September 23, 2017 from 10 am to 12 noon

Celebrate the Fall harvest and community programming at The Children's Storefront! More info at www.facebook.com/childrens.storefront/events

SAVE THE DATE: ====\\DeRAIL’s 2017 NUIT BLANCHE PROGRAM - September 30, 2017 to October 1, 2017

====\\DeRAIL will be producing two works as part of the 2017 Nuit Blanche Program: "PAUSE PLATFORMS": a three piece permanent public artwork; and “We Pause At Twilight”: an ephemeral dance performance for Nuit Blanche; on the West Toronto Railpath. You can find out more by clicking here.

City Updates

Welcoming Provincial Investment in Social Housing repairs

Earlier this August, I joined with Mayor John Tory and Ontario's Minister of Housing, MPP Peter Milczyn to welcome the Province of Ontario's $300 million investment over 4 years towards towards Toronto's social housing repair needs. This investment is an important step forward for the Province in recognising their key role in funding the repair and revitalization of social housing in Toronto and is a meaningful down payment towards the Provincial portion of Toronto Community Housing's $2.6 billion capital repair plan.

I welcome the Province's efforts to step-up and be part of the solution to the repair crisis in social housing and this new funding provides a new foundation for the working relationship on housing between the City and Province. I look forward to working with Minister Milczyn in ensuring this program provides the necessary flexibility to directly respond to Toronto Community Housing's urgent repair needs. 

This funding builds on the $1 billion in capital repairs that the City of Toronto has already invested in TCH since 2013, completing almost 50,000 capital repair projects during this period. Last month, City Council also unanimously passed Phase 1 of the Tenants First Implementation Plan which will create a new Seniors Housing and Services entity, a new funding model and enable the creation of stronger partnerships with the public and not-for-profit sectors to better provide services and support for all TCHC tenants.

I look forward to continuing to work with the Minister to build on this important announcement as we look to secure additional resources to tackle the Provincial portion of TCH's capital repair backlog. With the development of the National Housing Strategy, this is an important time for all three orders of government to work together to ensure that every Torontonian has a decent, clean, safe and affordable place to live.

Artistic program announced today for the 12th edition of Nuit Blanche Toronto

The complete artistic program, including the artist lineup and curatorial theme for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017, has been announced by the City of Toronto today. On September 30 from 6:58 p.m., 90 contemporary art projects created by more than 350 artists will be presented under the event-wide theme, "Many Possible Futures," to mark Canada's 150th birthday.

Details about the full program are available at http://www.nuitblancheto.com and via the event backgrounder at ow.ly/Conx30eKS1K.

City-produced exhibitions

This year's Nuit Blanche Toronto will feature four City-produced exhibitions: "Taking to the Streets" curated by Barbara Fischer (Canada), located at Queen's Park and University of Toronto; "Calculating Upon the Unforeseen" from curator Clara Halpern (Canada), located along Dundas Street from the Art Gallery of Ontario to Yonge-Dundas Square; "Life on Neebahgeezis; A Luminous Engagement" curated by Maria Hupfield (Canada) located on Bay Street between Queen Street and King Street; and "Monument to the Century of Revolutions" from curator Nato Thompson (United States) at Nathan Phillips Square.

Many Possible Futures

For the first time, Nuit Blanche Toronto's entire program responds to one overarching curatorial theme – "Many Possible Futures" – that asks artists to look forward to Canada's many possible futures. The curatorial focus reflects on timely and relevant ideas including protest and social change, revolution and resistance, difference and the unseen, and cultural endurance and visibility through the lens of Indigenous creators.

Partner-produced projects

Created by cultural and educational institutions, individual artists, producers and organizations, the partner-produced Independent Projects portion of the event features more than 35 projects celebrating the diversity of Toronto's art communities. For the second year, Nuit Blanche Toronto will continue its successful Major Institutions program, with 10 cultural institutions across the city featuring art projects and exhibitions free of charge throughout the night of Nuit Blanche. Projects supported by Program Sponsors H&M and Shiplake Properties Limited, fifth-and third-year partners respectively, will once again allow talented artists to showcase their work during the event.

Nuit Talks series

In its eighth year, the "Nuit Talks" series returns with intriguing talks, round-table discussions and presentations on the art and artists, offering a unique behind-the-scenes look at Nuit Blanche Toronto. Presented by artists, curators and thinkers from this year's event, Nuit Talks boasts an impressive lineup from September 25 to October 1. All talks are free and open to the public. 

Behind the Nuit experience

Residents and visitors who book a two-night stay with any Nuit Blanche Toronto hotel partner will receive an invitation to "Behind the Nuit." The exclusive sneak peek offers a behind-the-scenes look at the installation of exhibitions "Monument to the Century of Revolutions," "Life on Neebahgeezis; A Luminous Engagement," and "Calculating Upon the Unforeseen," and a rare chance to hear from all four exhibition curators on September 29. 

Media information and high-resolution renderings of exhibition projects are available at http://www.toronto.ca/nuitblanche.com.

About Nuit Blanche Toronto 

Nuit Blanche Toronto is the city's annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community, and funded by the Government of Ontario and Tourism Toronto. Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured almost 1,400 art installations by approximately 4,900 artists and has generated over $311 million in economic impact for Toronto. Information and updates are available at http://www.nbto.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/nuitblancheTO, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nuitblancheTO, on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/nuitblancheTO/. The event hashtag is #nbTO17

City of Toronto recreation activities and attractions available during Labour Day long weekend 

The City of Toronto will offer a wide variety of activities for residents and visitors over the Labour Day long weekend, with many family attractions open. On Labour Day – Monday, September 4 – City recreation centres will be closed and their recreation programs will not operate.

Swimming

The following 10 outdoor pools will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Labour Day (September 4):

Alex Duff Memorial Pool, 779 Crawford St.
Donald D. Summerville Olympic Pools, 1867 Lake Shore Blvd. E.
Grandravine Outdoor Pool, 23 Grandravine Dr.
Heron Park Outdoor Pool, 292 Manse Rd.
McGregor Park Outdoor Pool, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.
Oriole Community Centre Outdoor Pool, 2975 Don Mills Rd.
Pine Point Outdoor Pool, 15 Grierson Rd.
Riverdale Park East Outdoor Pool, 550 Broadview Ave.
Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
Wedgewood Park Outdoor Pool, 15 Swan Ave.

The City's other outdoor pools will close for the season at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 3. Wading pools will also close for the season on Sunday afternoon. All indoor pools will be closed on Labour Day. Splash pads will be accessible on Labour Day from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will remain open through Sunday, September 17. 

Nine designated swimming beaches will be open and supervised until 6 p.m. on Labour Day, weather permitting. Gibraltar Point Beach and Rouge Beach remain closed.

Parents are reminded to supervise children at all times when children are in and around water. More information about swimming is available at http://www.toronto.ca/swim.

Other recreation opportunities

Toronto Island Park, Toronto's largest downtown park, is a great place to walk, cycle, picnic and view the City's skyline. Toronto's ferries can be busy during peak hours. To avoid lineups, ferry tickets can be purchased in advance and the schedule can be viewed at http://www.toronto.ca/ferry. More information about the park is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/island.

Riverdale Farm, at 201 Winchester St. in the Cabbagetown community, is home to a variety of domestic farm animals, including Tamworth pigs, baby goats and Cotswold lambs. Visitors can tour the farm at their leisure. Riverdale Farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo or by calling 311.

The High Park Zoo, which has been attracting visitors for more than a century, currently features bison, llamas, reindeer and highland cattle, as well as Toronto's famous capybaras, Bonnie and Clyde and their babies Alex, Geddy and Neil. The zoo is open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk and admission is free. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo.

Toronto's five municipal golf courses are situated on beautiful park lands. These affordable, high-quality and TTC-accessible courses will be open on Labour Day. Holiday rates will apply. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/golf.

The City maintains several bike and skate parks across Toronto. More information is available at toronto.ca/parks/bikeparks

Flowers are in bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory at 151 Elmcrest Rd. and Allan Gardens Conservatory at 19 Horticultural Ave. Both conservatories are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offer free admission. More information is available by calling Centennial Park Conservatory at 416-394-8543 and Allan Gardens Conservatory at 416-392-7288, and online at http://www.toronto.ca/conservatories.

Historic Sites

All of the City's historic sites will be open on Saturday and Sunday of the long weekend and two of the City's 10 historic sites, Fort York and Spadina Museum, will be open on Labour Day Monday. Hours and activities vary by location. More details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events.​

Fort York National Historic Site and its Visitor Centre at 250 Fort York Blvd. will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature tours and ongoing exhibitions. Regular admission applies. 

Spadina Museum at 285 Spadina Rd. will present afternoon tours themed on the Austin family, which made Spadina its home. Regular admission applies, with the museum open from noon to 5 p.m.

City of Toronto to launch easier, more convenient process for disputing parking violations

The City of Toronto is introducing a new, easier and more convenient process to dispute parking violations. Disputes for parking violations received on or after August 28 will be handled by the City instead of through the provincial court, improving customer service by providing faster resolutions and a more efficient overall process.

Access to the new dispute process will be available 24/7 through the City's website, toronto.ca/aps. Individuals can request a review or dispute a parking violation online through the City's website. People who prefer to dispute a violation in-person can have their penalty reviewed at one of two City locations: Metro Hall (55 John St.) or North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge St.). In-person reviews can be booked in advance on the City's website and are also available on a drop-in basis.

The City of Toronto is committed to continuously improving and modernizing customer service. This new dispute process allows the public to request a review of a parking violation through a customer-focused, streamlined service.

All reviews, online and in-person, will be conducted by a City screening officer who can affirm, vary or cancel penalties, including having the authority to give people additional time to pay the penalty fee. If the individual is not satisfied with the penalty review decision, a second and final review can be requested with an independent, Council-appointed hearing officer.

Payment methods for parking violations remain the same, with payment either online, by mail or in-person at seven City locations.

More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/aps 

Help Grow Toronto's Tree Canopy! Tree For Me Grants Are Available

The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and the City of Toronto have launched the Every Tree Counts campaign in support of the City’s target of achieving 40% tree canopy cover. In order to meet this target, new trees must be planted on both public and private land every year.

Tree For Me grants enable community groups to match Toronto residents with no-charge, native, seed zone appropriate trees for planting on private land. The Foundation supports the granting program by providing funding, communications support, native trees and delivery, staff and volunteer training, and planning support. Grant recipients do what they do best, connect with their communities to improve their neighbourhoods. Tree For Me grants can be used to deliver trees to residents through an organized event, a tree delivery program or to start or enhance a community project. 

Tree For Me facilitated grants include:

  • Funding of $500 and up to $2000
  • Training to host planting and care workshops
  • A registration platform
  • Tree supply and delivery
  • Assistance with promoting your event
  • Recognition on the Every Tree Counts website

Deadline to apply is 60 days prior to your proposed event date. Apply online at www.everytreecounts.ca. Events must take place between September and November. Groups wishing to host their event in September should contact margo.mullin@tptf.ca to discuss your application.

News Clippings

Toronto isn’t asking for a ‘blank cheque’ for social housing: Editorial  - Toronto Star

BRAZILFEST 2017 GALLERY - Discover Magazine

Ontario announces $657M investment to social housing - 680 News

City gathers input on vacant homes tax at public meeting - CTV News

Toronto's missing middle - Globe and Mail

Toronto shuts down short-term rentals on Dundas St. over safety fears - Toronto Star

TCHC chooses Kathy Milsom as next president and CEO - CP24

Small-batch artisanal media coming to Toronto’s west end: Keenan - Toronto Star 

Public Consultations

City of Toronto to consult on potential vacant homes tax

The City of Toronto is asking residents if they think the City should pursue a tax on vacant homes in Toronto. A vacant homes tax is one of a number of initiatives the City is considering to address housing availability and affordability in Toronto. Vacant homes represent a potential source of readily available housing and a tax may encourage owners to rent out vacant units.

As part of the Ontario Fair Housing Plan, the Province of Ontario recently introduced legislation that would empower the City of Toronto to introduce a tax on vacant residential units. City Council has asked staff to consult on the possible benefits of such a tax and the potential administrative approaches to identifying vacant units.

Privacy rights prevent the use of personal or private information such as water or hydro meter data from being used as a means of identifying potentially vacant units. Therefore, the City is considering three options that could be used to identify vacant homes for taxation:

  • mandatory declaration of occupancy status for all property owners
  • self-reporting model, and
  • complaints basis.

Residents can share their views on a potential vacant homes tax by completing an online survey at http://www.toronto.ca/VHT. 

The City will also be conducting a public opinion poll to ask residents their thoughts on the potential tax. Staff are expected to report on findings from the consultations later this year.

Short-term rental Online Survey Deadline Extended

Municipal Licensing and Standards and City Planning divisions are inviting residents to have their say about proposed rules and regulations for short-term rentals (such as Airbnb) via an online survey.

The survey can be found at www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay and the deadline to complete it has been extended to September 19, 2017.

Open Houses will also be held in September including one on Wednesday September 6, 2017 at City Hall (100 Queen St W), Committee Room 2, with drop in sessions between 3pm and 8pm and short presentations at 4pm and 7pm. For complete details and more meeting locations, please click here.

City of Toronto Parkland Strategy Update

A city builds a park so that people can build community. Toronto is known for our parks and natural environment, and as Toronto grows, our parks system must grow along with it.

However, there are gaps in the system; areas in the city where more must be done. And we must reinvest and re-invigorate our existing green space.

Toronto's parks system is much more than official city parks; it includes open spaces, conservation lands, ravines, hydro corridors, schools and other privately owned, publicly accessible lands. We need to work together to ensure a liveable Toronto for today, and for future generations.

The Parkland Strategy is a 20-year plan that will guide long-term planning for new parks and expansion and improved access to existing parks.  It will aid in the decision-making and prioritization of investment in parkland across the city.

To learn more, and to join in the conversation, visit toronto.ca/parklandstrategy

Railway Safety Act Review 2017-2018

The Government of Canada is inviting the public to share input for the Railway Safety Act 2017-2018 Review. The public is encouraged to submit their written submission by September 22. 2017 or to participate in group discussions by visiting http://www.letstalktransportation.ca/RSA-2017-2018.  

What role can laneways play in Toronto's Cycling Network?

The Laneway Project is partnering with the Canadian Urban Institute and the Community Bicycle Network to explore opportunities for using laneways to fill gaps in Toronto's cycling network. The project will identify challenges and possible solutions that can be implemented in the short and medium terms, while more significant infrastructure investment is being undertaken as part of the City's Cycling Network Ten Year Plan.

short survey has been prepared by the team to gather input from Torontonians living and working around the city's laneway network, both cyclists and non-cyclists, regarding the challenges and opportunities that exist. To learn more about this project, please visit www.thelanewayproject.ca/laneways-as-bikeways.

Important Notices

City of Toronto Lappin-Lansdowne Sewer Manhole Rehabilitation

The City of Toronto will be rehabilitating a sewer manhole on Lansdowne Avenue near Lappin Avenue. This work is being carried out as part of the City's infrastructure renewal and upgrades to ensure continued long-term reliable service. The work is expected to take between 2-5 days and will take place between August 28th and September 22nd. You can view the full notice by clicking here.

King St Streetcar Services Diverting During TIFF Celebrations

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of our city's most important arts and cultural festivals,will be taking place from Thursday, September 7, through Sunday, September 10, 2017. A portion of King Street between Peter St and University Ave will be closed for Festival Street to support the free pedestrian programming and ensure the safety of the large crowds who attend the opening days of TIFF.

The TTC's 504 King and 514 Cherry Streetcar services will be diverting through the area eastbound via Spadina Ave, Queen St and Church and westbound via York, Queen St and Spadina Ave. For more information on this TTC diversion, please click here.

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